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Get Involved: Salida (Area 13) - Area 13 Volunteer Host

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Area 13 Volunteer Host


At 7,000 feet in elevation, Salida is a small mountain town of 5,300 people and is known for arts and outdoor activities. Chaffee County is home to more mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation than any other county in Colorado.

The Area 13 (Salida) maintenance office is located along the Arkansas River and lies between the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges. The maintenance office is also on the same property as the Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery, one of the largest hatcheries in the state, produces approximately 550,000 catchable (10 inch) trout and 1-2 million sub-catchable fish (2-5 inches) per year.


Support the local wildlife technician with important irrigation work to manage water and improve wildlife habitat.

  • Change irrigation tarps 2-4 times per day (daily)
  • Walk irrigation ditches to monitor and maintain
  • Check and adjust headgates as needed (twice a week)
  • Clean out obstructions and plugs when they exist


  • Ability to lift/pull 30-50 pounds regularly
  • Ability to walk ~1 mile per day in irrigation boots
  • Ability to bend and twist
  • A fair amount of walking and physical exercise is required.

Looking for 1 host (solo or a pair) for the 2023 summer season! Start date is as soon as possible through Labor Day.

Time Commitment:

Looking for a consistent schedule that equates to approximately 4-6 hours per day, 4-5 days per week.  Preference for full days on weekends. Exact schedule is flexible, and can be discussed via a call with the staff supervisor.

If volunteer interest or time allows, there is opportunity to help with other projects as well.

Minimum time commitment: 2 months

Ideal commitment: 3-4 months

Volunteer Benefits:

Feel good about doing good - your efforts will get water onto properties that produce habitat for wildlife and birds (wetland birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds). These fields also produce crops of hay that add value for deer populations.

This is your chance to work outside in peaceful settings, see all kinds of properties, meet landowners, and build relationships with the local community. 

Join this hard working team today!


In exchange for volunteer service, host receives a free campsite. Camp pads are concrete and can accomidate any size motorhome or trailer. Hookup for water (1,000 gallon tank), sewer, and electricity (50 amp). Laundry and shower available. Cell service is typically strong, but hosts would need to bring a hotspot for WiFi.

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Salida (Area 13) Maintenance Shop

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Kail Glenn
(719) 530-5534